Early careers

Whether you are considering an apprenticeship, work experience or graduate roles, our accredited courses ensure that you are equipped with transferable skills and qualifications.

The Academy brings all our learning and career development expertise under one roof.  Our team will help you plan and develop your career, gain confidence in your role and achieve your potential.

From project managers, to document controllers, to engineers, to social value specialists - our teams are made up of a wide range of skilled professionals all working together to deliver projects ranging from small-scale improvements to major projects.

Wherever your talent lies, there is a position in which you can make an impact.

Work placements

There’s no better way to get a feel for the job than to spend time with people who know it the best. A placement allows you to apply your skills - such as numeracy, IT, teamwork and problem solving – to a working environment. Most importantly, you will experience the industry first hand, helping you to decide whether it is right for you.

If you are interested in a work placement, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Michelle

I joined Taylor Woodrow after completing an Onsite Skills Training course, which I found out about at my local job centre having been made redundant from a previous role. The course was run with a local college and offered three weeks’ worth of training. I had always wanted to get into the construction industry, so it was great to spend time on site as part of the course and meet lots of the team. This was where I heard about Document Control as a career opportunity, and it sounded like the right fit for my experience. I had an interview and got the job and have enjoyed being part of the site team ever since. You get to meet lots of different people, and everyone is friendly and welcoming. There’s lots of variety in what I do which makes every day interesting.


As a graduate trainee, you will develop your occupation on the most exciting projects the industry has to offer. Our schemes combine formal training with structured mentoring to help you find your feet as quickly as possible.

Most of our graduates possess a construction-related degree, although we do consider other disciplines. To enter the scheme, you will be expected to have completed a work experience placement and gained sponsorship in your final year of university.

If you would like to join our graduate programme please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Daniel

I joined Taylor Woodrow as an Undergraduate Engineer through the ICE QUEST Scholarship, gaining some great real-world experience on projects throughout my summer breaks from study. Since then I have I’ve been supported by Taylor Woodrow to pursue my CEng, with a Supervising Civil Engineer assigned to me when I joined. I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities to gain knowledge and experience across all of the ICE attributes.

I genuinely believe Taylor Woodrow is a great company to start your career with. Since starting as an Undergraduate through to now as a Section Engineer, I’ve gained the knowledge, skills and experience that will hopefully set me up for a successful career in Civil Engineering.

Sponsored students

A sponsorship enables you to study at leading UK universities while gaining valuable work experience. With the added benefit of financial support, mentoring and networking opportunities, the sponsorship route was taken by many of our rising stars.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Vitoria

I’m a QUEST scholar currently going into my 3rd year at Cardiff University. My first summer placement was with the Digital team, and I have just completed my second placement which was on site. I’ve really enjoyed how much of a hands-on approach I have been able to have in helping the construction process and have learn a lot from the team I have been working with. I’ve felt that my opinion has been valued and have enjoyed contributing to the project. I’ve learnt that a lot of engineering knowledge comes from practice and experience rather than studies, and that having good people skills and communicating well with the team is a really important part of the job.  


Apprenticeships are an ideal way to develop your skills and progress your career. We sponsor a wide range of high-quality apprenticeships across many disciplines, including technical construction, civil engineering, quantity surveying, digital engineering, and health, safety and environmental.

As well as working with our own teams, you will have the chance to spend time with the companies that we partner with. What’s more, you will work towards an NVQ or professional membership qualification supported by the National Apprenticeship Scheme’s on-the-job training.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, please click here to complete our survey.


Meet Cameron

I have achieved my Engineering Technician Apprenticeship and am moving on to study for my Level 6 Degree. I have always had an interest in construction and have always taken a hands-on approach. I couldn’t see myself going to university full time so an Apprenticeship was the right route for me. There hasn’t been a day since the very beginning where I haven’t learned something. I think that having the opportunity at a young age to constantly learn and then apply this learning really builds character and a solid foundation for your career. My highlight so-far was winning New Civil Engineer’s Apprentice of the Year 2021, it’s an achievement I’m really proud of.


Meet Niah

I’m currently doing a Health, Safety and Environment Technician Apprenticeship. I like it that I’m able to have a balance of site and office work - a lot of my role is focussed on maintaining safety documents but it’s nice to see the work that is taking place on site as well. I enjoy carrying out my weekly site inspections and talking to different members of the team. There are a range of different roles on the project, so I’m always learning something new. Highlights in my experience so-far include helping my local community by taking part in a volunteering day (pictured) at a youth centre and being shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the Construction News Workforce Awards!

Visit our people page to read more about being part of the Taylor Woodrow team.

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